Middlesex captain for the past two seasons, Ed Smith, has announced he is to retire from first-class cricket.
Smith joined Middlesex from Kent in 2004, captaining the side from 2007 although most of his 2008 campaign was ruined through injury.
He calls time on a career that included three England Test appearances in the summer of 2003 against South Africa, 193 first-class matches, 34 first-class centuries and over 17,000 runs in all forms of the game.
“It has been a real honour to captain Middlesex," Smith said. "I have been very lucky to play first class cricket for eight years at Kent and four years at Middlesex. I’d like to thank all the players, coaches and supporters who have helped me enjoy the game I love. I wish Shaun Udal and the team every success in the future.”
Middlesex chairman Ian Lovett added: “Ed has always shown exceptionally high levels of energy, commitment and dedication to everything he does, and having taken over the captaincy when we were at a particularly low ebb on the field, he played a major role helping us achieve markedly improved results which culminated in us winning our first trophy for fifteen years in this year’s Twenty20 competition.
"He is a man with a wide range of talents and I am sure he will make a great success of his future career.”
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